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Dr. Cooke featured on CBC discussing new telemetry cyber poaching paper

Poachers are hacking scientific data to hunt the animals being studied

“Animal tracking data is a useful tool for understanding how animals behave, and in the case of this bison project, how well they’re adapting to their new environment.

However, as useful as it is, a recent report in the journal Conservation Biology has found that this data is vulnerable to hackers, poachers, and members of the public looking to interfere with the animals. As the lead author of that report, Steven Cooke puts it, “There’re always going to be people with nefarious purposes.”

Cooke is the Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology, he’s also a fish biologist. Much like Heuer’s team, Cooke’s lab uses fish tracking data to understand how aquatic wildlife use their environment.”